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Rodney John Burns

Rodney John Burns

UPDATED: Age 38, Margaree Harbour. It is with great sorrow that we, the family of Rodney John Burns, announce his sudden passing on Monday, August 9, 2021 in Vancouver, B.C.

Rodney was the eldest son of Colleen (Kennedy) and the late John Roderick Burns.

Rodney was a very strong and passionate man who loved his family unconditionally. He was most recently employed by ITL Diamond Drilling Ltd. in Smithers, B.C. His heart, however, was on the ocean, fishing alongside his family, whenever he could. Rodney loved the gym and working out. It gave him peace and fulfilled his childhood dream of becoming like his favorite kid’s show hero, “He Man”, a show he still enjoyed as an adult, as well as “The Three Ninjas”, who of course, were he and his two brothers. They will forever Be.

Rodney enjoyed being the life of the party, and underneath all those muscles and tough guy exterior, was a man with a really decent heart, and a man who knew great loss in his life but did his very best to comfort others with his huge, charming smile and crushing hugs.

Besides his mother, Colleen, Rodney is survived by his brothers, Howard (Melanie), and Chris (Jenn); fiancé, Brandi Campbell; nieces, Jailyne and Breah; nephew, Avery, and Brandi’s children, Gabe and Austin; as well as many aunts and uncles.

Besides his father, Johnny, he was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Roddie and Annie Burns, and maternal grandparents, Edward and Betty Kennedy; step-father, Richard Aucoin, and aunt Linda LeBlanc.

The family would like to express its sincere gratitude and appreciation to the endless number of people who have reached out and shared stories, provided food and offered words of support.

Cremation has taken place as per Rodney’s wishes. A graveside service will be held on Friday, September 3rd, 2021 at 2:00pm in St. Michael’s Cemetery, East Margaree. Donations may be made, in Rodney’s memory, to Mental Health/Addiction Services, Canadian Cancer Society, or a charity of choice. Family flowers only please.


  • Karen Deveau September 1, 2021 11:27 am

    Thinking of you all and sending my condolences. There just are no words to describe your loss. Much love…

  • Margaret Nichols August 23, 2021 12:48 am

    I am so sorry to hear of this great loss. There can not be any greater pain than the loss of a child .It is not the natural order of things. I will be praying.

  • Darlene Halas August 21, 2021 9:35 am

    Colleen and family, so sorry for your loss. Condolences from your NB family.

  • Vanessa Clermont August 20, 2021 9:18 pm

    Dear Colleen, Howard, Chris and families. I was so sad to hear of Rodney’s sudden passing. He has always held a special place in my heart and although he struggled, he brought joy and laughter to many as well. I will always think of him when I am out in the water – I know that was his favorite place to be. I am very sorry for your loss, you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Allan and Thelma O’Handley August 20, 2021 9:14 pm

    Sincere Condolences to you , Howard,Chris and families for your loss of your son Rodney. May he Rest in Peace. Hugs .

  • Gen Kmith August 20, 2021 4:04 pm

    God bless your family Colleen. Rodney always had a smile and kind words. May he truly Rest In Peace.

  • Brenda LeBlanc August 20, 2021 12:21 am

    Colleen and family…so sorry for your loss. May God give you strength to get through this.

  • Owen Shaw August 20, 2021 12:10 am

    Soooo sorry for your Loss Colleen and family! My thoughts and prayers are with you during these difficult times.
    With Love,
    Owen & Nastasha Shaw

  • Kimberley Murphy August 19, 2021 9:36 pm

    Sincere condolences to the whole family and friends. Sending so much love to you all xo

  • Brydon MacDonald August 19, 2021 8:01 pm

    With deep sadness I acknowledge the sudden passing of Rodney He was a very special person whose bright-eyed smile and kind sense of humour lifted the lives of many of us Colleen,Howard, and Chris and families, you will be remembered in my thoughts and prayers .

  • Lois Barkhouse August 19, 2021 7:53 pm

    Much love and many hugs , Colleen, to you and yours. Lois B.

  • Philip and Denise LeBlanc August 19, 2021 7:11 pm

    So very sorry for your loss. He will be greatly missed.

  • Gelas Deveaux August 19, 2021 6:07 pm

    Colleen so very sorry to hear about your loss.

  • Glenda March August 19, 2021 4:32 pm

    So very sorry for your loss. Our condolences.

  • Clifton Fraser August 19, 2021 4:15 pm

    Colleen & family, my condolences to all of you.

  • Aurel Muise August 19, 2021 4:06 pm

    I’m sending my sincere condolences to Colleen, Howard ( Melanie), Chris ( Jenn) and extended family. Rest in Peace my friend, Rodney.

  • Nancy & Hector MacKinnon August 19, 2021 3:49 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to You Colleen, Howard, Chris and families on your very sudden loss…our thoughts and prayers are with you

  • Claudia and Donald Fortune August 19, 2021 3:46 pm

    soooo sorry for your lost Colleen a child should not be gone before us know that your in our thoughts and prayers for you and your family

  • Alfred & Sheila Deveau August 19, 2021 3:30 pm

    Sending our deepest condolences to everyone!

  • Anna August 19, 2021 2:14 pm

    Colleen i was so sorry to hear of this sad news i knew the boys since they were babies our thoughts and prayers are with you all

  • Brenda Porter August 19, 2021 1:33 pm

    Dear Colleen & Family, So very sorry to here of your Son’s passing. Sending love your way 💜

  • Sandra Thurier August 19, 2021 1:14 pm

    My deepest condolences for the loss of your beautiful son. May he live in your hearts forever. With love from Yvonne Burns and Sandra Thurier (née Burns)

  • Debbie Isenor August 19, 2021 12:55 pm

    My deepest sympathies to you and your family on the loss of your son. I pray memories of happy times together will help to lighten the pain you feel and the love of family and friends will provide comfort through this challenging time.

  • Shannon August 19, 2021 12:52 pm

    I was a childhood friend who went to school with his younger brother I send my deepest sympathy to the burn family and to Brandi Campbell may he watch over u from the heavens above

  • Tom Blanchard August 19, 2021 12:45 pm

    I am so deeply sorry for your loss and hope in time all your precious memories will be comforting, until then May God hold you all in hollow of his hand. Tom Blanchard (Talbot House)

  • KELLY O’CONNOR August 19, 2021 12:38 pm

    Rose and I offer our sincere condolences on the loss of your son Colleen. I doubt that you know us but we knew Johnny, Roddy and Annie Jane very well.

  • Donna Larade August 19, 2021 10:36 am

    I am so saddened to learn of Rodney’s passing. I remember him well and fondly. My heart hurts for Colleen and his brothers and extended family. God bless and may he Rest In Peace.

  • Larry & Yvonne Perrin August 19, 2021 10:32 am

    Colleen & Family
    We are so very sadden to hear of Rodneys sudden passing , our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sad time.
    With deepest sympathy
    Larry & Yvonne

  • Nathan Burns August 19, 2021 10:30 am

    My deepest condolences to Family and Friends. Rodney was a great guy with a heart of gold.

  • Irene Lahey August 19, 2021 9:42 am

    My sincere condolences sent your way Colleen. We were beyond saddened to hear of your son’s passing. Love and prayers sent from all your friends and our family in Catalone. 💔

  • Marie Chisholm-Pearson August 19, 2021 9:03 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Nancy Phillips August 19, 2021 8:33 am

    Jisele and family,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers💚

  • Stella & Blair McDaniel August 19, 2021 8:24 am

    Our deepest sympathy to You Colleen, Howard, Chris and families on your very sudden loss…our thoughts and prayers are with you

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